Paul Monies
Business Energy Reporter

Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and database editor for The Oklahoman. He is a native of Scotland who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.


  • Confluence Conference in OKC to boost digital, social marketing savvy

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Confluence Conference, Sept. 10-11 at Lyric at the Plaza theater in Oklahoma City's Plaza District, will feature more than a dozen speakers on topics ranging from search engine optimization and branding to analytics and user interface.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission reviews other states' opt-outs for smart meters in Public Service Co. of Oklahoma case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Public Service Co. of Oklahoma is seeking approval to charge customers a one-time fee of $183 and $28 per month to opt-out of using its smart meters. After that, the utility's one-time fee for opting out would rise to $261.

  • Customers blast PSO's smart meter opt-out fees at Oklahoma Corporation Commission hearing

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    PSO is installing smart meters at the rate of about 7,500 customers per week and has installed 157,750.

  • President Obama gives a shoutout to OG&E SmartHours program

    Paul Monies | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s SmartHours program got a mention by President Obama on Tuesday evening in a speech he gave on clean energy in Nevada. From the remarks published on the White House website: Now, the good news is some utilities recognize this; they see what’s happening.  They’re adapting their business model to seize the opportunities of this emerging energy reality.  We have to lift up some of those success stories and the innovations that are taking place.   So San Antonio’s municipal utility is standing up its own rooftop solar program.  Southern Company is partnering with Nest and Tesla on power storage so we can use renewable energy better.

  • Gasoline prices fall in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Oklahoma's drivers appear to be in line to get relief at the pumps as gasoline's price fell to it's lowest level in more than a decade.

  • Harold Hamm legal team surprised by ex-wife's Bakken lawsuit

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Harold Hamm's legal team has replied to a lawsuit filed by his ex-wife, Sue Ann Arnall, who claimed a company the couple owned sold its assets to Continental Resources Inc. for below-market value. Arnall filed a lawsuit Friday in Oklahoma County District Court, claiming Continental's $4.5 million purchase of Minerals Acquisitions in 2005 wasn't made at market value.

  • Chinese company acquires Oklahoma City firm Cytovance Biologics

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Hepalink USA, a subsidiary of Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., said the acquisition will allow it to accelerate Cytovance's expansion plans.

  • Former wife sues Harold Hamm over oil investments

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    One of Harold Hamm's first successful investments in the Bakken oil field came through leases using a company called Jolette Oil (USA) LLC he owned with his then-wife Sue Ann Arnall. That company is a central part of a lawsuit filed Friday by Arnall.

  • Shareholders drop lawsuit over Chesapeake practices

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A group of shareholders who sued Chesapeake Energy Corp. in 2012 over some of the dealings by co-founder and former CEO Aubrey McClendon have filed to voluntarily dismiss their lawsuit against the Oklahoma City energy company.

  • OG&E proposal would affect Oklahoma users of rooftop solar

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. customers who install solar panels on their roofs would see a different billing structure under a plan filed with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The new rate structure would include a demand charge, an energy charge, a fuel charge, and a customer charge.

  • Fears of oversupply cause plunge of oil to continue, selloff of energy stocks with Oklahoma companies hit hard

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Share prices for Continental Resources, Chesapeake Energy, SandRidge Energy, WPX Energy and Unit Corp., all Oklahoma-based, fell by 5 percent as the federal Energy Information Administration said commercial crude inventories grew last week instead of declined. Gulfport Energy shares were down 4 percent and Devon Energy shares fell 3 percent.

  • EPA proposal aims to cut methane emissions from natural gas wells

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Proposal draws quick opposition from energy industry groups, while some environmental groups say it didn't go far enough.

  • Oklahoma electric co-ops postpone consolidation plan

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Central Rural Electric Cooperative and Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative members were supposed to vote on consolidation, but the consolidation votes were pulled after an allegation arose about the "fiduciary duty" of a board member at the Canadian Valley co-op.

  • Oklahoma utilities ponder EPA's Clean Power Plan

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    Oklahoma power providers hope for smooth transition in complying with EPA's carbon dioxide reduction goals by 2030.

  • Federal judge orders trial in Kingfisher wind project suit

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    A federal judge in Oklahoma City has ordered an April trial over nuisance claims against a wind farm under construction in Kingfisher and Canadian counties. U.S. District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti set a bench trial for April 11 against Kingfisher Wind LLC, a unit of Apex Clean Energy Inc. A group of landowners want the turbines to be placed at least two miles from their homes. Construction already has started on the 298-megawatt wind farm in southern Kingfisher County and northern Canadian County. The company has said it expects the project to be finished by year's end. The landowners filed the lawsuit a year ago, listing concerns about noise, ice shearing off turbine blades, shadow flicker and other complaints.

  • Low oil prices lead to concerns of layoffs, asset sales

    BY PAUL MONIES AND ADAM WILMOTH | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The NewsOK Energy team hosted their monthly chat Wednesday to discuss oil and gas updates and Oklahoma energy companies. Below is an unedited transcript from the chat.

  • OG&E begins preparing general rate case while Oklahoma Corporation Commission ponders $1.1 billion compliance case decision

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. moves on as it prepares a general rate case while it awaits the outcome of a $1.1 billion environmental compliance and replacement generation case yet to be decided by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • Former American Energy affiliates, investors sue attorneys over Aubrey McClendon data dispute

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    In a lawsuit filed Monday, several energy companies formed by Aubrey McClendon and their investors are suing a law firm for $150 million, claiming the firm's attorneys hid a legal demand from Chesapeake Energy Corp. regarding a dispute with McClendon over data in Ohio's Utica Shale.

  • Three disposal wells change operations after earthquakes

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The actions came after a swarm of earthquakes hit the area in the last week, including quakes of magnitude 4.5 and 4.0 on Monday. Crescent is about 40 miles north of Oklahoma City.

  • HERE COMES THE SUN: Gov. Mary Fallin, OG&E flip switch on solar power project at Mustang plant

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin praised a 2.5 megawatt solar farm at Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s Mustang plant in far western Oklahoma City at opening ceremony.




Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 05:36:05 PM CST RT @osborneja: Texas Railroad Commission clears XTO on earthquakes near Azle | @DMNbiz http://t.co/9EIptmadyI
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 03:36:25 PM CST @joewertz You had a chance to ask him at yesterday's @FOIoklahoma board meeting. Oh, wait...
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 12:55:50 PM CST Faff and fallout: The next president will have to decide what to do about radioactive waste http://t.co/8X8K0rj2NZ (via @TheEconomist)
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 11:48:10 AM CST RT @OKMScott: Apparently, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is now answering theological questions. http://t.co/piBgyy6ToN
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 11:25:34 AM CST RT @JCChron: Markets are really excited about OPEC maybe, finally taking a break. Brent is above $52, and WTI is above $48. http://t.co/Icu…
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 11:23:27 AM CST ICYMI: Oklahoma Corporation Commission reviews other states' opt-outs for smart meters in @PSOklahoma case. http://t.co/wSvpwfVgjc $AEP
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 10:56:45 AM CST RT @CollinEatonHC: OPEC "will continue to do all in its power to create the right enabling enviro for the oil market to achieve ... fair & …
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 10:56:00 AM CST RT @CollinEatonHC: OPEC "stands ready to talk to all other producers." Commentary: http://t.co/eaAAAaDT1H
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 10:48:57 AM CST RT @NewYorker: .@BorowitzReport: Nation With Crumbling Bridges and Roads Excited to Build Giant Wall http://t.co/sRtGZoPjAQ http://t.co/1V2…
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 09:36:09 AM CST @DaneBeavers Also, please tell me you will change your avatar to "Ugly Tom Brady Courtroom Sketch" to reflect your new role.
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 09:35:00 AM CST @DaneBeavers Congrats, Dane!
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 09:19:27 AM CST RT @onyxfish: Great @alykat graphic illustrating the blocs in the U.N. climate negotiations: http://t.co/sAqFKxIgRa http://t.co/rMeFDGYC9m
Paul Sun, Aug. 30 2015 12:43:45 PM CST Wild story on the dangers of trying to pick your voters in Columbia, Mo. https://t.co/altfmGxdrb
Paul Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:28:38 AM CST Got some top fantasy football draft help this morning. #dadlife http://t.co/p9UkuloyoL
Paul Sat, Aug. 29 2015 09:01:54 PM CST @Krista_Ann No problem.
Paul Sat, Aug. 29 2015 03:50:02 PM CST @Tiffanyg89 @jaclyncosgrove You crazy kids! Many congratulations!
Paul Sat, Aug. 29 2015 02:10:04 PM CST Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm dismisses libel suit against fellow oil man over earthquake post on Facebook. http://t.co/UiIPmOygJc
Paul Sat, Aug. 29 2015 02:05:28 PM CST RT @Mecoy: Court documents hint rival bidder seeks ownership of downtown First National Center, from @BriOKC @stevelackmeyer http://t.co/5q…
Paul Sat, Aug. 29 2015 01:51:03 PM CST RT @Mecoy: Regulators review other states' opt-outs for smart meters in Public Service Co. of Oklahoma case, from @pmonies http://t.co/NnXj…
Paul Sat, Aug. 29 2015 10:09:02 AM CST @MattSchroyer Interesting. Thanks. It's definitely a developing area of the law. Lots of issues at play.

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